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Sitting Pretty Reviews

A pleasant little comedy with lots of music and proof again that Hollywood liked nothing better than making movies about Hollywood. The two Jacks, Oakie and Haley, are a songwriting team in New York. Their publisher, Gordon, and the rehearsal pianist, Revel, advise them to "Go West, Young Men." (Gordon and Revel also wrote the film's music and lyrics). They hitchhike to Hollywood and meet Rogers, who runs a lunch place She joins them. Once in Lotus Land, they meet agent Ratoff and movie producer Cody, and their music makes them important. Oakie's head begins to swell to watermelon proportions, but he's eventually brought back to earth. Sharp and satirical dialog from the writers plus a melodious score makes this a fast-moving, happy film that is pleasant to the ears as well as to the eyes. Songs include: "There's a Bluebird at My Window," "Good Morning Glory," "Did You Ever See a Dream Walking?" (Rogers), "You're Such a Comfort to Me," (Rogers, Haley, Oakie), plus "I Wanna Meander with Miranda," "Ballad of the South," "Lucky Little Extra," "Lights, Action, Camera, Love," "Many Moons Ago," "And Then We Wrote," "Lazy Louisiana Liza," and "Blonde, Blase and Beautiful." In a small role as a chorus girl is the beauteous Joyce Mathews, who was married to Billy Rose and Milton Berle, at different times, of course.